July is here, and fashion is out in full force. This month is packed with everything from boutique launch parties to sidewalk sales; there is even a new Steampunk fashion festival. Here are our ten favorite fashion events for the month (so far), in chronological order.
1) Kismet at Cherry Hills Marketplace Grand Opening Party
5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2
Kismet at Cherry Hills Marketplace
2500 East Orchard Road, Unit 2500D, Greenwood Village
The Kismet stores specialize in handcrafted jewelry and eclectic fashion for women, and its third location is hosting a grand opening party today, complete with cupcakes, champagne, door prizes and 20 percent off all purchases on July 2. Go to the Kismet website for more information about Kismet.
2) Escada Truck Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8
Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek
Designer Sportswear, Level Two
The Escada Fall/Winter collection was designed with the opulence of Nymphenburg in mind — making it baroque, but grounded by menswear elements seen in the statement pieces and dresses. Head to Cherry Creek North to shop the collection before anyone else can this fall. Click here for more information.
3) Kit and Ace RiNo Launch Party
7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 9
Kit and Ace
2621 Larimer Street
Kit and Ace has opened a new, 1,400 square-foot store in RiNo that will be filled with food, drinks, music, conversation and luxurious cashmere fashion during this invite-only launch party; stop in often enough before the event, and maybe you can snag an invite. Each Kit and Ace shop incorporates hyper-local elements; the RiNo location features light fixtures and custom furnishings, including the signature Supper Club table, created by a Denver designer. Kit and Ace RiNo also incorporates a gallery-style exhibition of local photographers, so you can sample the arts scene while shopping. Click here to learn more about Kit and Ace.
4) 45th Annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale
Cherry Creek North
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16 through Sunday July 19
This sidewalk sale in Cherry Creek North will feature amazing deals from nearly eighty boutiques and businesses. "The Sidewalk Sale is a signature event in Cherry Creek North. In its 45th year, it’s a can’t miss event for the serious shopper,” says Julie Underdahl, president and CEO of Cherry Creek North BID. “Merchants participating this year include fashion, art, salon, spa, food, and home furnishings and décor." Click here for more information.
5) First Annual Steampunk Fashion Festival
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday July 18
Su Teatro Performance and Cultural Center
721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver's first annual Steampunk Fashion Festival is a step forward for both fashion designers and fans of Steampunk, that science fiction- inspired trend that combines the Victorian era with advanced machinery. Steampunk carries over into fashion by mixing Victorian-era dress with things like cogs, clocks and steam machinery as trinkets and accessories. This subculture will be showcased at the first annual Steampunk Fashion Festival; anyone dressed in Steampunk style is invited to come celebrate and get professional photos taken. The festival will also feature fashion shows, face painting, contests, prizes and more. Click here for more information.
6) Denver Style Magazine Blogger and Editor Mix and Mingle
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23
3326 Tejon Street
Denver Style Magazine is headed to Whorl Shop in Highland for its monthly meet-up. Whorl owner Megan Timlin, her Whorl team and Denver Style editor-in-chief Heather Okimoto will meet and greet people interested in local design; this event is not exclusive to bloggers, and boutique owners, designers and other creatives are welcome. To earn a 20 percent discount at Whorl that night, post an image on social media related to the event and tag @whorlshop or #whorlshop. Reserve your spot here.
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7) Peachy Larimer Square Sidewalk Sale
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 24; 10 a.m. to 6 pm Saturday, July 25; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 26
Historic Larimer Square will host its annual Peachy Sidewalk Sale, when over twenty retail shops on the blocks offer deals, including beauty retailer Aillea, Blue Ruby, Blush, Cry Baby Ranch, Dog Savvy Boutique & Spa, Equipment de Vin, Eve, FRINJE, Goorin Bros., Gusterman Silversmiths, Hailee Grace, John Atencio, John Fluevog Shoes, Moda Man, Sally Centigrade, Scarpaletto, Timbuk2, Whatever Pops Up and Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry. Click here for more information. Get to Larimer Square early on Friday for free Colorado peaches.
8) Fashion Camp for Kids
10 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25
1070 Bannock Street
Brandi Shigley is organizing a fun-filled day for kids ages seven through eleven: Her fashion camp will teach children the basics of modeling and fashion merchandising. Activities include a designer talk by couture designer Michael Sullivan of Haus of Von Leeche & Sullivan; campers will also design an outfit for their favorite doll or a doll provided on loan from the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Children will learn what it takes to be a fashion stylist with Dorian Phaero of Phaero Creative, who will work alongside kids as they style their peers from head to toe, then have a photoshoot. Kids will also learn to make a paper handbag with Fashion Denver founder Brandi Shigley, who got her start making paper purses in third grade and went on to start a handbag company called B.Shigley Designs. Click here for more information.